Craps and crab legs — luxurious Las Vegas

Vegas also offers options for a high-end getaway
BY SEAN CHAFFIN Published: July 14, 2013

Whether you're looking for a lavish getaway or just some rest and relaxation, Las Vegas offers numerous high-end resort options for that perfect vacation. The Oklahoman takes a look at some of Sin City's luxurious hotel options and amenities.

With old favorites like Caesars to newer options like the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas offers visitors a chance to stay — and gamble — in style. Long considered one of the most opulent resorts, Caesars Palace offers lavish accommodations that include the popular Forum Shops for world-class shopping, the stunning Garden of the Gods pool retreat, and a spa for ultimate relaxation. These offerings are typical of Vegas's high-end luxury resorts.

“The Bellagio, Mandelay Bay, Venetian/Palazzo, Caesars, Cosmopolitan, these all have great restaurants, shows, shopping, pools, and other amenities,” said Anthony Curtis, publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor newsletter and lasvegasadvisor.com. “The Cosmo's dining is fantastic. I think a sleeper on the high end is Mirage. That's still a beautiful resort that seems to be over-discounted in the market.”

The Venetian is an exquisite option for the Europhile and the canals and replicas throughout the casino make one long for old Italy — and the suites make one feel like they are definitely living the high life. The replica Eiffel Tower and brilliant amenities of the Paris casino will make one long to walk the Champs-Elysees.

Entertainment, food

All these properties offer some of the city's biggest entertainment acts as well, like Celine Dion and Shania Twain at Caesars, hip clubs and popular touring acts at the Cosmo, Rita Rudner at the Venetian, Penn and Teller at the Rio, and Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson “ONE” show. For enthusiasts of fine art, the Bellagio also now hosts a new Andy Warhol exhibit and hosts a regular wine and art event.

After working up an appetite at the gambling tables or before attending that big show, head to one of Vegas' numerous fine dining establishments. Steak, seafood, and sushi are plentiful and some of the best-known chefs in the world serve up some scrumptious dishes to meet any taste. A few favorites include: the upscale Aria Casino's Sage where Chicago chef Shawn McClain offers unique delicacies with a “farm-to-table philosophy”; Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars offering red mullet filets, foie gras “bitter infusion,” and artichoke and black truffle soup; L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand, featuring scrumptious “new French” dishes; and Carnevino Italian steakhouse at the Palazzo is considered the best steakhouse in town by many.

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